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Aadhaar Card Mandatory for Central Government Scholarship Schemes for Schools and Colleges

To avail benefits under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students, applicants will now have to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar card or undergo Aadhaar authentication, the human resource development (HRD) ministry has said.
●    Those receiving these scholarships but who don’t have an Aadhaar card will have to apply for enrolment by June 30 this year, the ministry said in a notification. 
●    This will not be applicable in Jammu & Kashmir.
●    As per another notification issued by the ministry, students who wish to avail the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme will also have to apply for Aadhaar by June 30, though it exempts the states of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya.
●    However, till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the students, they may get scholarships on the basis of documents like Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip, Aadhaar enrolment application, voter identity card, PAN card etc.
●    Similar provisions have also been made in the notification related to the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme for schoolchildren.
●    The notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in all states except Jammu and Kashmir.


India Books ICC Women's World Cup Berth

India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in a qualifying match at Nondescripts Cricket Club ground here on Friday to book their place for the ICC women's World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from June 24.
●    Maintaining their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC women's World Cup qualifier, the Mithali Raj-led team took their Super Six points tally to eight, including for two wins against other qualifiers from its preliminary league group, points of which are carried over.
●    Pace bowler Mansi Joshi and leg-spinner Devika Vaidya shared five wickets between them to restrict Bangladesh to 155/8 after asking them to bat.
●    Fargana Hoque top-scored for Bangladesh with 50 runs from 107 deliveries.
●    In reply, India got to 158/1 in 33.3 overs with opener Mona Meshram striking a career-best 78 not out with 12 fours and Mithali compiling 73 not out with 10 fours for a 43rd ODI half-century.
●    In other matches, South Africa also booked their place in the ICC women's World Cup by beating hosts Sri Lanka by nine wickets at the P. Sara Stadium while Pakistan also beat Ireland by 86 runs at the Colombo Cricket Club groun.


 ‘Science Express Should Reach Out to more than Six Lakh Villages of The Country’

Three Ministers jointly flagged off the 9th phase of Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) from Safdarjung Railway Station here today.   
●    While Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave and Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan were present at the railway station, Union Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, joined the flagging off event through video conferencing. 
●    Addressing the gathering, Shri Dave said that in future, the Science Express should reach out to 6.5 lakh villages of the country.  
●    He emphasised that till the train is transformed into a people's’ movement and a vehicle to motivate people to take individual actions and initiatives to fight climate change, it will not succeed in its endeavours on the ground and will only be reduced to becoming a point of discussions in seminars.   
●    Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Climate Change is a big threat for the mankind and we can tackle this through collaborative efforts. 
●    Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India played a key role in initiating Climate Action Plan during Paris meet. 
●    He also said that Science Express will not just convey the message about climate change, but also generate dialogue and discussion on this burning issue. 
●    Science Express will embark on its journey of over 19000 km to cover 68 locations across India till September 8, 2017 and is expected to attract 30 lakh visitors. 


 756 Crore Sanctioned for Medical Colleges in Assam; 4 New to be Constructed

Union Minister J.P. Nadda, on Friday, announced that furthering the Central Government resolve toward development of healthcare in Assam, the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 756 crore for setting up four new medical colleges in Assam. 
●    Nadda made the announcement at the launch ceremony for the construction of a medical college at Dhubri district in Assam. 
●    He also said that the Central Government has made a National List of Essential Medicines. 
●    The government plans to make these drugs available at AMRIT pharmacies in the state at a fix rate.
●    Union Health Minister is in Assam on a two day visit, during which he is expected to launch construction of another medical college at Nagaon district today. 
●    At the occasion, Nadda said that the Central government plans to provide almost 500 types of medicines, 85 types of tests free of cost at 16 District Hospitals in Assam. 
●    The minister said that in due time these facilities will also be made available at community health centres and primary health centres.
●    The medical college at Dhubri will be built within a budget of Rs. 189 crore on 108 bigha land. 
●    The construction of the medical college will finish in 3 years. 
●    There are plans to attach the medical college with the District and Referral Hospital in Dhubri. The hospital currently can accommodate 200 patients. 


Maximum Possible Marks to Indian NRA in WHO Assessment

WHO has completed the assessment of the status of the Indian vaccine regulatory system against WHO NRA Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) for benchmarking and measured the maturity of the system. 
●    The assessment has been carried out by a WHO team comprising lead experts in different areas from WHO Headquarters Geneva, WHO India Country Office, experts drawn from the regulators of USA, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Thailand and Egypt. 
●    The assessment has been done in respect of nine different functionalities and Indian NRA has been declared ‘functional’ with a maturity level of 4 i.e. the highest level as per currently evolved definitions in respect of 5 functions, and maturity level 3 in respect of 4 functions. 
●    While, maturity level 4 indicates good results and sustained improvement trends, maturity level 3 reflects systematic process based approach, early stage of systematic improvements, data availability regarding conformance to objectives and existence of improvement trends. 
●    India is one of the main players in the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. The pharmaceutical industry covers conventional as well as biological medicinal products including vaccines, medical devices, and traditional medicines. 
●    India, as a large vaccine producing country, is currently supplying several vaccines to the UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO and PAHO). 


 Shri Kiren Rijiju Lays Foundation Stone of NIDM

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).
●    Shri Kiren Rijiju said that India is a huge country and the world expects India to play a leadership role in handling disasters. 
●    The Minister said that NIDM got its recognition in the year 2003, followed by the statutory status in the year 2005 and now the role of NIDM has become even more crucial in the wake of India’s vulnerability to natural disasters. 
●    He said that NIDM has come a long way due to its hard work and also expressed the hope that NIDM will reach newer heights in the future. 
●    The laying of foundation stone of NIDM is just a beginning, he added. Shri Rijiju said that NIDM is an institute of national importance. 
●    He assured that the Ministry of Home Affairs will provide all the support to NIDM for taking the capacity building forward. 


Project Loon Can Now Predict Weather Systems

Researchers at Google have moved a step closer to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide Internet connectivity to billions of people around the world, particularly those in difficult-to-reach rural areas.
●    The Project Loon team, part of the company’s X research lab, said it can now use machine learning to predict weather systems.
●    The advance means Google has much more control over where its balloons reach, making it possible to focus on a specific region, rather than circumnavigating the globe.
●    “Real users” will be able to make use of the system in the “coming months”, however, the company did not specify where the initial roll-out would take place.
●    The balloons float in the stratosphere around 18 kilometres high. 
●    By raising or lowering altitude, the balloons can be caught in different weather streams, changing direction.


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